Fort Worth Amends Comprehensive Plan to Reduce Industrial Zone

After residents protested the size and location of a proposed industrial growth zone, the city council voted to adopt an amended version of the plan.

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November 20, 2023, 10:00 AM PST

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

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Fort Worth community advocates won some significant changes to the city’s 2023 Comprehensive Plan, which groups like the Fort Wort Environmental Coalition of Communities said permitted too much industrial and commercial development in the city’s southeast sector.

According to an NBC Dallas article by Keenan Willard, “The updated plan cuts more than 100 acres off a new industrial development area in the Echo Heights neighborhood, where activists say existing heavy industry has caused decades of health problems for residents.”

As Willard explains, “The proposed plan called for a 671-acre Industrial Growth Center to be zoned in Echo Heights, including a massive plot of open land directly across from W.M. Green Elementary School.” The revised plan zones the land across from the elementary school for residential uses.

Fort Worth mayor Mattie Parker praised the move, saying, “This may be imperfect, but I think we’ve taken some important steps forward.”

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